Design: **** "4 out of 5 stars"
The fixture is really lovely both lit and unlit. I ordered the Black Brass/Bronze style. The pictures (or illustrations?) on the YLighting site are accurate. Both the inner and outer shades are given structure by a transparent but reflective plastic. So you get some interesting reflections of light at different angles. The outer shade doesn't really "light up" or "glow" like I thought it might, but I am quite happy with the looks of the fixture.
Function: **** "5 out of 5 stars"
The fixture uses Four 60w bulbs with white painted(?) glass diffusers on bottom and perforated metal on top. It provides plenty of light for our small walk-through dining room (probably 150 sq. ft.), and I think it would be adequate for a somewhat larger room as well. The light is pleasantly diffused and warm.
Quality: ** "2 out of 5 stars"
I am tempted to give 1 out of 5 stars, but since the fixture works and isn't actually falling apart, 2 stars is probably better. For a light fixture at this price point I expected much more precise manufacture. I had three issues with the fixture:
1) The long vertical stems attach to the canopy by two pieces of hardware with some vertical play in them so that they can be screwed onto the stems. The amount of play between the two bits of hardware was significantly different, which means that there was no chance for the horizontal bar to hang level. This is a long bar mounted from the ceiling! If it hangs off level, it is quite noticeable against any pictures, crown molding or ceiling/wall intersection.
2) One of the two vertical shade attachments was significantly off the vertical (listing to one side). This means that there was no chance for the shade to sit level. Again, very noticeable, especially since the other shade did sit level. (And, yes, I used a level; I wasn't just "eyeballing" them.)
3) The width between the stem attachments on the bar and the canopy are different. This means that the vertical stems will "V" outwards as they go up. Not that significant and this may even be an intentional design choice. This didn't really bother me, but I found it a little odd to have to bend the stems out in order to attach the canopy.
Fortunately the customer service at YLighting has been fantastic (5 out of 5 stars!). A service rep worked as a go-between with me and Sonneman both on the phone and by e-mail. Fairly quickly (about a week and a half) Sonneman sent me an entire new fixture. This second fixture also had the same issues but not to the same degree as the first. I was able to use shims to get the shades to hang level and to get the bar close enough to level to say "Good enough". So, I'm happy with this second fixture, but the process was somewhat frustrating.
Overall: Attractive to look at and casts lovely light but I am disappointed with the precision of the manufacture at this price point. I would not order this fixture unless you or your installer is willing to spend some time shimming, bending and coaxing to get it close to right.
By:AK , Homeowner (Lawrence, KS)